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The Equivocation of ReasonKleist Reading Kant$
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James Phillips

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804755870

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804755870.001.0001

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A Universal Sublime

A Universal Sublime

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(p.73) Two A Universal Sublime
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The Equivocation of Reason
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804755870.003.0003

This chapter analyzes Kleist's “Über das Marionettentheater” (“On the Puppet Theater”). It compares the text with Kant's “Analytic of the Sublime” and suggests that, in its confrontation with error Kleist's text demonstrates that the faculty of the understanding must acknowledge a superior power, and that this acknowledgement does not at all involve a simple abdication of thought. It argues that “On the Puppet Theater” is more universalistic, i.e., more philosophical, because the breakdown proper to the sublime is no longer dependent on a set of encounters.

Keywords:   Heinrich von Kleist, Kant, sublime, On the Puppet Theater, error, Analytic of the Sublime, understanding

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